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Palm Springs has long been the home of an active, visible, engaged and fairly organized gay male community.

As for lesbians … not so much.

Enter the Dyke March. Now in its second year, the Palm Springs Dyke March will begin with speakers and entertainment at 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at Frances Stevens Park, located at 555 N. Palm Canyon Drive, in downtown Palm Springs. Around 5:30, the crowd will be led by a drum line down Palm Canyon Drive, through the Pride Festival and to the Arenas Road stage, where Kate Kendell, the leader of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, will speak. She’ll be followed onstage by amazing lesbian rocker Jennifer Corday.

Shann Carr, a local comedian and newish real-estate agent, is a member of the Dyke March’s steering community.

“The dyke march has a long, big, fat fucking history. It was started originally as a protest of invisibility,” Carr said. “It remains more of a protest movement than a pride march. I think no dyke march has ever gotten a permit before.”

While dyke marches have taken place in cities across the world for many decades, the Palm Springs Dyke March is a new thing. Carr said the fact that there is now a dyke march here shows that the local lesbian community is, thankfully, finally beginning to come together.

“Palm Springs’ lesbian community has never really escalated into a highly active social community,” Carr said. “But in the last couple of years, little pods of people are starting to gain momentum.”

As another example of this momentum, Carr pointed to the new and growing nonprofit The L-Fund, which offers financial assistance to local lesbians in need. President and founding member Barbara Carpenter will be one of the pre-march speakers at Francis Stevens Park, along with Gail Christian, one of the producers of the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival; and Janet Malachowsky, an associate vice president with The Relationship Group at Morgan Stanley, who not long ago served as the president of the board of the Desert Business Association, the valley’s LGBT business group. (Full disclosure: The author of this article is the current president of the DBA.)

Beyond the great speakers, what can Dyke March attendees expect?

“I suspect that at the rally site, it’ll be mostly lesbian,” Carr said. “That is who the march is named after—dykes, people who are proud dykes or lesbians who are not hung up on that word. That’s who will be there.”

That’s not to say that men and straight women won’t be welcome, Carr said. In fact, she said that she hopes men and straight women will show up in support. (Carr’s suggested chant for march supporters: “Go, dykes, go!”)

As the march heads through the Pride Festival and to the Arenas Road stage, the crowd will become much more diverse, and Carr said this is a very good thing.

“On Arenas, I hope everybody’s there, because Kate Kendell is such an amazing speaker,” Carr said.

After Kendell speaks and Jennifer Corday rocks, attendees can walk a couple hundred feet to the Hard Rock Hotel for the L-Fund Women’s Pride Dance, which will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight. DJ T-LA STORM will spin; tickets are $20 in advance at www.l-fund.org, or $30 at the door.

Carr—who said she’s always identified with the word “dyke”—said it’s fantastic that the local lesbian community is starting to make legitimate, tangible efforts to organize.

“In any community that is under-seen and, in our case, under-organized … it’s important to focus on what you want and how to get it,” she said.

For more information on the Palm Springs Dyke March, visit PSPride.org or www.facebook.com/psdykemarch.

Published in Local Fun

If you don’t yet know the music of Jennifer Corday, you will soon. The Long Beach native has called Palm Springs home for about six months now, and is playing more and more around town; for example, you can catch her regularly at Oscar’s Café and Bar in Palm Springs, and she’ll be at the Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs on Saturday, May 23, with her full band, Classic Rock Revolution (classicrockrevolution.com). Learn more at jennifercorday.com. Here are her answers to The Lucky 13!

What was the first concert you attended?

A Flock of Seagulls at Bogart’s in Long Beach. But Howard Jones and Bon Jovi at Irvine Meadows were the first big ones!

What was the first album you owned?

Rick Springfield—oh, how I wanted to be Jessie’s Girl. I had a mad crush on Andy Gibb. And AC/DC’s Back in Black, played LOUD.

What bands are you listening to right now?

I’m digging a few songs from the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack right now: Annie Lennox’s cover of “I Put a Spell on You”—she kills it, almost better than Manson—and “Earned It” from The Weeknd. And Maroon 5; I can never get enough of Adam’s sweet hooks!

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

I appreciate just about everything, but I get particularly irritated when a song is on the radio with ridiculously shallow lyrics and no melody to speak of.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Zeppelin, Joplin and Gaga.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Old Madonna albums. Or new Taylor Swift.

What’s your favorite music venue?

To play: I always dig House of Blues’ sound and lights, but the Rock Yard at Fantasy Springs is a blast. We play on the outdoor stage surrounded by ponds (which always makes rocking out interesting, as one COULD fall in), with a packed crowd rockin’ out under the stars! Let’s not forget Oscar’s, my new favorite Palm Springs local spot which I play regularly.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“Your sugar, yes, please. Won’t you come and put it down on me?” Maroon 5, “Sugar.”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Melissa Etheridge. Gay girl with guitar gets famous, discovered at the local bar! Hey, maybe that could happen to me?

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

Kurt Cobain: “Tell me everything.”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“At Last” by Etta James, because love is really all there is, and how lucky am I that I did find it at last? And then I want to blast something ridiculously fun, like “Rock and Roll All Nite” by Kiss.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Oh, don’t make me pick one. Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet. The Best of Led Zeppelin Disc 2. And more off the radar: Poe’s Haunted is another all-time favorite.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

My new album: Tastiest Licks, a greatest hits collection, packed with 20 songs including several award-winners.

Published in The Lucky 13